Events spaces: Seminar, Conference and Meeting Rooms

The BIEA’s Seminar Room, situated on the first floor of our main building and provided with full audio-visual support, accommodates up to 70 people and is ideally suited for larger seminars, conferences, workshops or meetings.



The BIEA’s Conference Room comfortably sits 14 in a round-table format. A projector screen can be positioned at one end of the room.

The meeting room (see below) is next door and can be used for breakaway discussions. or catering.


The BIEA’s small Meeting Room is the ideal space for small meetings and group discussions.

Our beautiful garden provides a serene environment, including a large marquee for hosting events such as book launches, lunches, and receptions for up to 30 people. The garden also offers ample space and tranquility best required to study, research, and hold friendly/official discussions.


All events can be booked with or without catering.
Local accommodation in nearby guest houses can be arranged via the BIEA
For more details and to discuss planning your event at the BIEA please contact [email protected]

Office and Research Workspace

Our members and visiting researchers can use our library and computer room on an ad hoc, a first-come first-served basis.

BIEA has office or individual desk spaces for hire for longer-term, guaranteed research space (subject to availability).

Our secured wi-fi network allows researchers to access the internet within the compound with their own wi-fi enabled devices.

Researchers wishing to conduct more technical digital analyses can use our digital mapping/image facility, while those wishing to analyse finds, including archaeological materials, can do so in our store room/finds lab. We also have a range of technical apparatus for finds analysis, including calipers, drawing boards, digital weighing scales and microscopes (including a Nikon petrographic microscope). Archaeological finds can be temporarily stored at BIEA whilst under analysis.

Please contact [email protected] for further details. 

Survey, Aerial Photography and GIS Expertise

The BIEA can provide technical expertise and equipment for aerial photography, DGPS survey, and GIS mapping. 
Current charges for BIEA technical staff KES
Daily rate, in the field (working hours 8am to 4.30pm) 10,000
Overtime hourly rate (including Sundays / bank holidays) 600
Office based preparation / post-processing TBC

BIEA technical staff are employed according to the laws of Kenya, even when they are working outside Kenya. Under Kenyan employment law, the working week is conventionally calculated as 45 hours in length, with eight hours’ normal working time on each day from Monday to Friday 8 am to 4.30 pm (with an additional half an hour unpaid lunch), and five hours’ normal working time on Saturday (8 am to 1 pm). Staff are not obliged to work overtime. If they do so they are entitled to overtime payments.

Please contact [email protected] for further details.

Camping and Excavation Equipment

The BIEA has a large and well-maintained selection of camping and excavation equipment which can be hired by researcher to take into the field. Researchers are advised to book equipment well in advance of arriving in Nairobi. 

 A list of this equipment and associated costs can be found here .

Please contact [email protected] for further details.